Behavioural neuroscience is the study of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour.
Behavioural neuroscience is the study of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. This is important for understanding how the normal brain works to support cognition, emotion and sensorimotor function. But it is also vital if we are to understand how and why things go wrong in the brain in various different neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Researchers in this theme are based largely in the Department of Experimental Psychology and utilise the state-of-the-art facilities in the adjacent Biomedical Sciences Building. An important development has been the opening of in 2013 of the Jeffrey Grey Behavioural Neuroscience Unit; a new interdisciplinary research centre funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The work of this theme has led to advances in: our understanding of the brain regions involved in decision making, determining the role of cortical, sub-cortical regions and hippocampal NMDA receptors in memory. In addition, researchers in the Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics have made significant advances in the study of behavioural genetics.